Saamy Square

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Saamy2
Saamy Square.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHari
Produced byShibu Thameens
Written byHari
StarringVikram
Prabhu
Bobby Simha
Keerthy Suresh
Aishwarya Rajesh
Soori
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
CinematographyPriyan
Venkatesh Anguraj
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
T. S. Jay
Production
company
Release date
  • September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)[1]
Running time
156 Minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Saamy Square, (stylized as Saamy²) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Hari and produced by Shibu Thameens. It stars Vikram in a double role as a father and son, [2] with Aishwarya Rajesh and Keerthy Suresh as the female leads alongside Prabhu, Bobby Simha, and Soori in supporting roles. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Saamy. The film was released on 21 September 2018 along with its Telugu dubbed version titled Saamy.[3]

Plot[edit]

The film begins a year after the events which occurred in the prequel Saamy.

DCP Aarusaamy "Saamy" (Vikram), who had been transferred out of Tirunelveli, leads a happy life with his now-pregnant wife Bhuvana (Aishwarya Rajesh), who intends to pursue IAS. However, in Tirunelveli, Perumal Pichai's (Kota Srinivasa Rao) men, who were discussing what happened to him, assume that he might be in Colombo, Sri Lanka with his second wife (Sudha Chandran) and three sons: Mahendra Pichai (O. A. K. Sundar), Devendra Pichai (John Vijay), and Raavana Pichai (Bobby Simha). Out of the three brothers, Raavana is the youngest. In Colombo, Raavana, after consulting his mother regarding his father's whereabouts, leaves for Tirunelveli and finds out that Saamy killed his father. Raavana begins to hunt down men who turned approver against his father and takes back his father's mantle. Saamy applies for a transfer to Tirunelveli to stop Raavana, which is approved.

The story then shifts to 28 years later, where Ramsaamy "Ram" (Vikram) lives in New Delhi, working as a front office manager for Union Minister G. Viswanathan (Prabhu). He intends to pursue IAS as per the wishes of his grandparents (Delhi Ganesh and Sumitra), who have raised him in a Brahmincal and nonviolent manner so that he does not end up as a police officer like his father. One day, Ram meets Viswanathan's daughter Diya (Keerthy Suresh), who has returned from London after completing her studies and who constantly disagrees with him.

Later, when Raavana asks Viswanathan for the pending commission amount to be paid for transferring the party fund secretly, he simply replies to ask the party directly and not him. Irritated, Raavana kidnaps Diya for immediate settlement of payment. Ram rescues her from Raavana's goons and drops her home. She is impressed by his diplomatic nature and falls in love with him. Soon after, Ram accidentally happens to seize a van containing black money being transferred by Raavana on commission basis. He hands the money over to the President of India without revealing his identity, which once again frustrates Raavana. Diya constantly proposes to Ram, but he constantly rejects her proposals. After some time, he reciprocates her love.

Ram passes the UPSC exam and leaves for Mussoorie for one-year training. After his return, his grandparents are shell shocked to see that he has decided to pursue IPS and that he has been posted as ACP in Tirunelveli. When Ram asks the reason for their reaction, his grandfather tells truth that in fact, his father Aarusaamy has been a DCP in Tirunelveli and explains what happened 28 years ago. When Saamy and Bhuvana were on their way to Tirunelveli, they were hacked to death by the Pichai brothers to avenge their father's death. Before dying, Saamy manages to open his dead wife's uterus and prematurely deliver his child (Ram). Bhuvana's parents take Ram and shift to Delhi, while the rest of their family is killed by a truck accident planned by Raavana.

Agitated by hearing his tragic past, Ram decides to go Tirunelveli and get justice for his parents' death. Ram's grandparents accept his decision, and he leaves for Tirunelveli and decides to take on the Pichai brothers. He initially warns Raavana and vows to bring the Pichai brothers before law for killing his parents. Ram later razes Perumal's statue, which had been illegally placed at an intersection by Raavana and caused a lot of traffic problems. A cat-and-mouse game begins between Ram and Raavana, with both of them trying to get rid of each other. Meanwhile, Viswanathan initially disapproves of Ram and Diya's love, but he later accepts it.

Ram kills Devendra and Mahendra after an accident caused by them in Devendra's cracker factory to prevent Ram from seizing illegal extortion money of Raavana, which kills a lots of innocent workers, as well as pregnant women. In retribution, Raavana and his henchmen orchestrate a train accident which kills Viswanathan.

Ram finds out that Raavana is planning to go to Pakistan via Gujarat and Rajasthan, so he tracks him down. After a bitter fight, Ram subdues Raavana but decides to leave him to his fate in the middle of the Thar Desert with no man, town, village, or water source for several hundreds of kilometres. There is a record of going to Sri Lanka, but there is no record of coming back to India. Ram lies to the media that Raavana had left to Sri Lanka due to fear of being killed. Raavana dies after 17 days. Soon, Ram and Diya get married. The movie ends with the line "Saamy's adventure will continue".

Cast[edit]

  • Vikram as DCP Aarusaamy "Saamy" IPS and ACP Ramasaamy "Ram" IPS (dual role).

Parasurama Saamy is the name of senior Vikram in both versions

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In August 2016, during the audio launch of Iru Mugan, director Hari made an official announcement that he will unite with Vikram,[4][5] also echoed by the latter,[6] for a sequel to Saamy after 13 years[7] being bankrolled by Shibu Thameens,[8] as the principal photography was expected to commencing in the end of 2016[9] with Harris Jayaraj as music composer During December 2016, Shibu Thameens confirmed that the plan for sequel is still on putting end to the rumours of shelving the project,[10] as director Hari and his team are involved in script development and commencing the principal photography tentatively during April 2017.[11] During May 2017, it was officially announced that Devi Sri Prasad will be the composer of the flick and collaborating again with Vikram for the second time after Kanthasamy and Hari for the fifth time after Aaru, Venghai, Singam & Singam-2.[12] In August 2017, news emerged that lyricist Viveka joined the composer and director for a music composition session at Puducherry.[13] Kanal Kannan and Silva were tasked with action choreography.[14][15] Priyan, Hari's regular cinematographer was also selected as well, but later Venkatesh Anguraj dons the cinematographer's hat after Priyan's demise due to heart attack in November 2017. Art direction is done by P. Shanmugam and P.V. Balaji, replacing K. Kadhir who earlier collaborates with Hari in his previous films.

Casting[edit]

Apart from Vikram reprising his role, Keerthy Suresh was selected as the female lead.[16][17] Prabhu and comedian Soori were added to cast along with Bobby Simha.[18] Trisha was originally going to reprise her role as Bhuvana from the first film, but opted out citing "creative differences";[19] she was replaced by Aishwarya Rajesh.[20]

Filming[edit]

Despite the commencement of pre-production, the shooting was supposed to be commenced during June or July 2017 as quoted by the film producer,[21] various sources towards reported that the shoot would start towards the end of September 2017.[22][23] Finally, the principal photography commenced in Chennai from 30 September 2017 onwards.[24][25] The director also revealed that the film will be shot in Delhi, Mussoorie and Nepal after shooting considerable portions in Chennai.[26] In early October, the film's new title was revealed to be Saamy Square.[27] Most of the scenes were shot at various locations within the city of Trivandrum and also in karaikudi by setting the name of Thirunelveli. Indiaglitz mentioned the movie "A Speedy journeys to Nowhere" in their review. They also added, " Go for this ride if you are a fan of Vikram and are immune to Deja Vu" [28]

Soundtrack[edit]

Saamy²
Soundtrack album by
Released23 July 2018 (Tamil Version)
5 September 2018 (Telugu Version)
GenreSoundtrack
Length21:53
LanguageTamil
Telugu
LabelSony Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Bharat Ane Nenu
(2018)
Saamy²
(2018)
Hello Guru Prema Kosame
(2018)
Singles from Saamy²
  1. "Adhiroobaney"
    Released: 10 July 2018 (2018-07-10)
  2. "Molaga Podiye"
    Released: 18 July 2018 (2018-07-18)

The music had been composed by Devi Sri Prasad, who replaces the predecessor's music composer Harris Jayaraj. This film marks as the Tamil comeback of music composer Devi Sri Prasad after a hiatus of 3 years, whose last Tamil film was Puli (2015).

Sony Music acquired the rights of the soundtrack for the film. All lyrics were written by Viveka, except one song which was penned by the composer himself. The first single "Adhiroobaney" released on 10 July 2018 with lyrics being penned by Viveka and sung by M. M. Manasi. The second single "Molaga Podiye" soon followed and released on 18 July 2018. The full soundtrack album of the Tamil version was released on 23 July 2018, while its Telugu version was released on 5 September 2018.

Track listing (Tamil)

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Adhiroobaney"VivekaM. M. Manasi4:32
2."Molagapodiye"VivekaSanjith Hegde, Rita Thyagarajan4:23
3."Darnakka"VivekaBenny Dayal, Anthony Daasan4:56
4."Pudhu Metro Rail"Devi Sri PrasadVikram, Keerthy Suresh4:18
5."Amma Amma"VivekaKarthik3:45
Total length:21:53

Track listing (Telugu)

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Athi Sundara"Sri ManiM. M. Manasi4:32
2."Mirchi Poduma"SahithiSanjith Hegde, Rita4:23
3."Darrnaka"SahithiSagar, Anthony Daasan4:56
4."Kottha Metro Rail"Devi Sri PrasadHemachandra, Sravana Bhargavi4:18
5."Amma Amma (Telugu)"Sri ManiKarthik3:45
Total length:21:54

Release and reception[edit]

Saamy Square was released 21 September 2018.[29] The film received mixed reviews from critics.[30]. [31]The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay.[32]

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